Wednesday, February 3, 2016
THE ORDINATION OF BISHOP STEVEN J. LOPES: THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY: YES, LET ME REITERATE, THE ORDINARIATE'S GLORIOUS NEW "DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL" IS SUPERIOR TO THE ORDINARY FORM IN LANGUAGE, CALENDAR AND FORMAT OF THE MISSAL BUT A BIT TOO WORDY IN THE ANGLICAN TRADITION
The setting for the ordination of Bishop Lopes as the first Ordinariate bishop in the USA and Canada was nice but the somewhat modern Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston could have done this, that or the other to make it more suitable for the Ordinariate new Missal and style of Mass.
The Cathedral's altar arrangement could have been made traditional. Instead it maintained the 1970's approach of having floor candles flank the sanctuary, not the altar thus cluttering the sanctuary and missing the point of the candles in their traditional arrangement. Simply placing six large candles on the altar with a central crucifix and allowing this Mass to be ad orientem would have solved the problem or if facing the people placing the candles near the altar.
The Introductory Rite had a very beautiful but way too triumphal sounding processional hymn for the many cardinals, bishops and priests. This is a post-Vatican II tendency to add triumphalism to the Ordinary Form Mass with trumpet flairs, tympani and majesty. The clergy should enter to more sober sounds in keeping with Gregorian or Anglican chant.
The Official Introit in the EF format but in English was magnificent and a relief from the triumphal processional hymn and shows that a Gregorian Chant sound in English works very, very well. The choir was magnificent.
Then, after the Introit the liturgical corruption found only in the Ordinary Form occurred with Cardinal Dinardo giving a lenghty and unnecessary welcome to everyone and naming the important actors/cardinals and bishops. This is not necessary and is rightly a corruption. Pope Francis seems to have done a way with this at papal Mass outside of Rome allowing it only after Holy Communion. IT IS NOT NEEDED!!!! IT INTERRUPTS THE TRAJECTORY OF PRAYER BEGUN BY THE HYMN AND INTROIT. STOP IT AND STOP IT NOW!
Cardinal Gerhardt Muller was the celebrant and his English is wonderful even the Elizabethan English.
The Introductory Rite followed the Anglican Tradition which then went into the Kyrie in Anglican Style, Gloria and then "The Lord be with you" followed by the Collect.
The Gospel was proclaimed from the middle of the nave, an Anglican tradition and nicely executed.
The Rite of Ordination followed the Ordinary Form's version and was nicely done beginning with the Litany of Saints.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist with the new bishop as celebrant used the EF's Offertory Prayers. The Bishop kissed the altar in all the places it is kissed in the EF.
The Roman Canon in Elizabethan English was magnificent and elevates the prayer in reverence and is a sign of elevated language use to address God, far superior to our gloriously new English translation. I am sold on the Elizabethan English as pseudo Latin!
The double genuflections at the elevations was magnificent as was the genuflection after the Per Ipsum.
I loved the three-fold "Lord I am not worthy." It works well and ties it into the three-fold Lamb of God.
THE ORDINARIATE'S MISSAL IS WHAT POPE BENEDICT ENVISIONED AS A REFORM OF THE REFORM. BRING IT TO THE ENTIRE CHURCH, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, POPE FRANCIS!
I BELIEVE IT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ENTIRE CHURCH AND I PRAY THAT ANY LATIN RITE PRIEST SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THE ORDINARIATE'S ORDER OF THE MASS AND MISSAL.
TO SEE CARDINALS MUELLER, WUREL AND MAHONEY PRAYING THE OLD ELIZABETHAN ENGLISH AND CONCELEBRATING THE MASS WITH EF SENSIBILITIES AND ORDER WAS BEYOND REAL! I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THEIR HONEST OPINION ON THE NEW AND GLORIOUS ORDINARIATE'S "DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL!"